Today, I am going to share some information on one of the most powerful nutrients there is. So powerful that it can cause as much harm as it dose good, when used incorrectly.
The nutrient I am speaking of is Vitamin A.
Did you know that if your vitamin A levels are up to healthy levels from the foods you're eating, adding more probably won't do much more for your skin?
Did you also know that too much can cause a great deal of harm like liver damage and mood swings?
That said, if your levels drop even a little below normal, you're likely to see some skin-related symptoms, including a dry, flaky complexion. This happens because vitamin A is necessary for the maintenance and repair of skin tissue. Without it you will notice a huge difference.
Vitamin A is readily available in many different forms. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with it, and then there is topical vitamin A, which is the form that can make a difference in your skin.
Most studies show a reduction in lines and wrinkles, some acne control, and even some psoriasis relief, all from using creams containing this nutrient.
The prescription treatment is called Retin A, and it's used primarily as a treatment for sun damaged skin and in some cases acne. These less potent, over-the-counter formulations are sold as retinols and used as anti-aging treatments.
Sun sensitivity will more than likely be an issue if you are using these types of topical vitamin A treatments, so be sure to include some plenty of sun protection in your routine.
Here are some things to be aware of:
1. Recently in the news there were the studies showing that sun screen containing forms of vitamin A actually become carcinogenic when exposed to sunlight. Something you probably don't want to be putting on your skin. So as I always say be sure to read your labels.
Since this news created such a huge scandal for the brand name companies that were making the sun screen, there probably aren't any on store shelves anymore. However, be careful because you may have some sitting somewhere in your home.
2. One more thing that speaks to the great power of vitamin A is the medicine known as Accutane. I have written at length about this medicine which is a derivative of vitamin A.
I took it twice in my journey to clear my acne. Not only did it NOT work for me, but I was also unlucky as I got hit with a few of the side effects as well. It is well known that there can be tremendous negative consequences to taking this medicine.
Fortunately, there are natural methods that work better and are far safer for you.
The bottom line on vitamin A is this, be sure to include foods that have it in your diet. Don't over do it and if you are taking supplements with it NEVER exceed the RDA (recommended daily allowance) of 5,000 IUs.
If you are using skin care products containing retinols then be sure to use sun protective lotion. Just use one that does NOT contain vitamin A.
I hope you found this information on vitamin A helpful. It can go along way to help you have healthy, beautiful skin. Just remember that like many things in life, too much of a good thing can be detrimental.
I will be sharing more helpful information on vitamins and nutrients as we go through the coming week so be sure and don't miss my letters to you.
I always like to give everyone more access to information that you can use today so visit the next link below to get step-by-step information on how to keep your skin healthy, clear, and youthful looking!
Wishing you a healthy and joyous day,
The Hardest Working Guy In Skin Care
"Inspiring Healthy Choices For Better Living."